We Energies filed proposals with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) today for regulatory reviews that will set customer rates for electricity, natural gas and steam for 2025 and 2026.

The focus of the filing is on three key priorities: reducing customer outages, building infrastructure needed to support jobs and economic growth in Wisconsin, and meeting new EPA environmental rules.

The vast majority of the filing is to recover costs of renewable and low-carbon power plants the PSCW has already approved.

The proposal also includes critical investments in storm hardening and grid resiliency — an increasingly important effort to keep the lights on as Wisconsin has seen stronger and more frequent severe storms. The company is proposing to bury hundreds of miles of power lines over the next decade and increase tree trimming to remove dead ash trees outside the company’s trim zone.

The request includes millions of dollars of savings from the closure of the old coal units at the Oak Creek Power Plant as well as tens of millions of dollars in tax credit savings tied to new renewable energy facilities.

Bills will remain below national average

Assuming the Commission’s revenue allocation is consistent with past practice, the typical monthly residential electric bill will increase $10-$11 a month in 2025.

Typical residential electric bills are significantly below the national average and in line with other utilities in Wisconsin and across the Midwest. If this request is fully approved, that will still be true.

Natural gas and steam

We Energies natural gas customers would see a $6-$8 increase in their monthly bills in 2025 as part of the filed plan. The typical We Energies residential heating bill was down $150 this winter compared to last winter.

Bills for We Energies steam customers in downtown Milwaukee would see an 8.4% increase in 2025 as part of the filed plan.

Next steps

In May, We Energies will update the filing to include more specific information on the impact for each customer group. The company also will provide this information to customers through a bill insert and on we-energies.com.

The PSCW will conduct hearings on the We Energies proposals and is expected to make a final decision later this year. New rates are expected to take effect in January 2025.

About We Energies

We Energies serves more than 1.1 million electric customers and 1.1 million natural gas customers in Wisconsin. We Energies is the trade name of Wisconsin Electric Power Co. and Wisconsin Gas LLC, subsidiaries of WEC Energy Group Inc. (NYSE: WEC). Learn more about We Energies at we-energies.com and WEC Energy Group at wecenergygroup.com.

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